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Photo credits: Kay Phelan, Cody Clark & Lauren Magli

Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation is kicking off its 10-year anniversary with a ‘Tasting of Champions’ event at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa this Friday, January 30.

Attendees can sample over 600 wines that were entered into the upcoming South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival, including medal winners in more than 60 groups. Light appetizers will also be available to accompany the wines.

This year’s Wine and Food Festival will host the charity’s 10th annual auction, and organizers hope it will be their best year yet. “Our goal is to reach $10 million in donations to children’s charities in Northwest Florida after our 10th annual auction this year,” said John Russell, president of Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation.

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Get ready to dress up as your favorite superhero or glittering princess at the Capes and Crowns Fun Run and 5K!

Sponsored by The Village of Baytowne Wharf and Abrakadoodle Art Education, the event includes face painting, a festive party and an outdoor family movie. Proceeds from the race will benefit The Tree House Episcopal Montessori School.

“We live in a community that celebrates family together-time and this race will be all about costumes, health and fitness with a good dose of fun,” said Maureen Paine, founding director of The Tree House Episcopal Montessori School.

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SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS coastline hi-res w knot 2015

SunQuest Cruises’ SOLARIS was selected as a 2015 ‘Best of Weddings’ winner, a special section featured on The Knot’s website.

Winners represent the top one percent of reviews from recently married couples. This is the sixth consecutive year SunQuest Cruises’ SOLARIS has been selected for the prize.

“This award is significant to us because it’s a direct result of reviews from our recent brides and grooms,” said James Murray, General Manager for SOLARIS. “We take great pride in providing our couples with the most valuable, stress-free and memorable wedding experience.”

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Spring Breakers are making their beach plans, folks, and we’re ready to welcome tens of thousands of visitors this season! Here’s a quick snapshot of when the major colleges, universities and school systems will be here:

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Chef Emeril Lagasse

Chef Emeril Lagasse is hosting the first-ever ‘Taste of the Race’ event in conjunction with the Seaside School Half Marathon and 5K Run.

Kick off the race weekend on Friday, February 27, by attending the soiree, which will be held next to the Seaside Neighborhood School from 6 to 8 pm.

Guests will feast on delicious food from some of the Gulf Coast’s top restaurants: Emeril’s, Emeril’s Tchoup’s Chop, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, The Bay, Great Southern Cafe, Stinky’s Fish Camp, Bud and Alley’s and more.

Enjoy live music by the Trick Pony, sip beverages while mingling among friends, and pick up registration packets, priced at $99 per ticket.

Ticket sales are now open and can be purchased by visiting Event Brite. Proceeds benefit The Seaside School Foundation, a non-profit organization.

30A-Hot-Spot-Award-Sticker-600It’s time to nominate your favorite 30A “Hot Spots” of 2015!

In February, we’ll feature the 10 most popular nominations that we’ve received in each category in a series of polls at 30A.com.

Your votes will determine the TOP 5 Hot Spots in each category, including 30A’s coveted #1 Hot Spots of the Year!

The top 5 hot spots in each category will be featured all year long on 30A.com, 30A Radio, 30A iPhone, 30A Android, 30A iPad, SouthWalton.com and on 30A Facebook, with over 310,000 fans! Please feel free to nominate any business or activity in or near South Walton, Florida, but note that you must submit a nomination in at least 5 different categories in order for your nominations to be considered. Take your time, think it over, and HAVE FUN…

Let’s get started:

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With four days of grand wine tastings, a culinary village, a Nashville songwriters showcase, specialized tasting seminars and a VIP tasting, the South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival has something for everyone.


Chef Emeril Lagasse

The Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation event will be held April 23-26, 2015, at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin.

Dozens of celebrity wine makers will pour more than 800 exceptional wines. This year’s roster of wine superstars includes Mark Perrin of Chateau Beaucastel and Jean-Charles Boisset of Boisset Family Estates. Local resident and 2013 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year, Chef Emeril Lagasse, will also make an appearance at the fest.


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30A Sand Rover Rally

Bring your funky beach cruiser to the 2nd Annual “30A Sand Rover Rally” in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida on Saturday, April 11th, 2015.

Land Rover and beach cruisers of ALL MAKES AND MODELS are invited! Last year, over 40 vintage Land Rover and beach cruiser enthusiasts attended the inaugural 30A Sand Rover Rally, which was featured in the Summer 2014 issue of ROVERS magazine. This year, we expect an even bigger turnout!

Thanks to Shelly Swanger Photography and Isacks Imagery for the fantastic photos!



9:00 AM – NOON
GUIDED TRAIL RIDE: Explore over 25,000 acres of protected land, including Point Washington State Forest, or casually cruise along Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A. All drivers are, of course, expected to be responsible and courteous to other drivers and to local property, and any off-roading activities should adhere to Tread Lightly principles. A guided group trail ride will begin at 9:00 AM sharp, from a location to be announced later.

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Bring your vintage Land Rover or funky old beach cruiser and hang out at the 2nd Annual 30A Sand Rover Rally! The exact location will be announced soon.

6:00 PM
Informal reception at a location to be announced soon.


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